Monday, August 4, 2014

July Favorites

July has sadly come to a close. The whole month went by so fast but was filled with amazing events almost every day. School is just around the corner and, while I have enjoyed every minute of summer,  I'm so excited to begin my sophomore year. So let's dive right in to my favorites for the month of July.

1. Ray-Ban Sunglasses and Lilly Pulitzer croakies

I’ve always been a wayfarer type-of-girl and I had been wanting a nice pair for quite some time. When my grandmother offered to get me a pair for my birthday, I graciously accepted. I picked out the tortoise Ray-Ban Original Wayfarers with Crystal Brown lenses. I absolutely love them and the tortoise color makes them super versatile to be worn with any outfit. My new Lilly Pulitzer croakies in Elephant Ears add a perfect summery touch and is perfect for a girl like me who would rather have her glasses around her neck than on her head once the sun goes down.

2. Lilly Pulitzer Fall Collection: #Resort365

Fall collections from any brand always make me so happy, and Lilly does not disappoint (as always). Featuring adorable new prints with colors better suited for fall and items more appropriate for those of us who will be facing the colder weather, the whole line is so cute and I can’t wait to see it in store. There's so many options, it'll be hard to pick just one. On the other hand, why just pick one?

3. Daily Ab Workout App

As a dancer, one of my strongest assets has to be my core. However, fitting in a full ab workout into my daily routine can be difficult. My ballet teacher recommended this app to me and I am obsessed. It lets you customize your workout with 5-, 8-, and 10-minute options and is so easy to use. I absolutely love having this on the go whether I’m at the gym or the dance studio. It even tells you what to do over your music and applauds when you finish! This app leaves my core on fire and is great for a busy girl on the go.

4. Kacy Catanzaro on American Ninja Warrior

Stop whatever you’re doing and watch this.

American Ninja Warrior has been one of my favorite shows as long as it’s been on, but this season is special. Kacy Catanzaro, former Division 1 gymnast, has become the first woman to: a) conquer the warped wall, b) complete the qualifying course, c) attempt the finals course, and d) COMPLETE the finals course. Standing only 5 feet tall, she’s a powerhouse in a tiny body and I can’t wait to watch her in the Vegas finals.

5. “Happy Little Pill” by Troye Sivan

I’m always on the hunt for new music, and when one of my favorite YouTubers, Troye Sivan, announced his EP “TRXYE”, I preordered immediately. The first single “Happy Little Pill” is such a fun song; it’s one of those that make you want to drive with the windows down with all your friends in tow. Preorder TRXYE here!

6. “Heathers”

Movies-made-musicals are always a risk, and most of them flop, but “Heathers” is a hit. I fell in love with the music of the new Off-Broadway show, and I had to watch the movie. I’m a little obsessed. My friends have caught me saying “What’s your damage?” in regular conversation and I’ve had “Candy Store” on repeat for about two weeks. It’s a classic dark comedy and is so eighties. How very.

7. Nivea Lip Butter Raspberry Rosé Kiss

I have such an awful habit of licking my lips when they’re dry, only drying them more. With this lip balm in my bag, I’m having the same problem but only because of how good it tastes and smells! This ultra-hydrating balm is so rich and heals lips almost instantly. It tastes like candy but keeps a sheer finish unlike similar products. I’m not looking forward to hitting pan on this one, but the $2.50 price tag should help.

8. Vitamin Water Zero Drops

Anyone who dances with me can tell you that I am never seen without my whale’d out Camelbak in tow. I drink so much water, but I tend to get bored and need some flavor. Vitamin Water’s new drops are so convenient to throw in my dance bag to squirt in my bottle after filling it up at the water fountain. Not to mention they have all the same benefits as regular Vitamin Water Zero (aka life). They come in many flavors but my favorite is the XXX Açai-Blueberry Pomegranate.

9. New Stationery

With a recent birthday and other major events, I’ve been doing a lot of thank-you-letter writing. My mom has said since I was little that every good Southern lady should have good stationery and should write (not type) proper thank you notes. I grew up always having some generic cards on hand, but I thought it was time for some “big girl” stationery. These correspondence cards from American Stationery are perfect with my monogram and a French blue border. I’ve already used a few and love the feeling of sending a handwritten notes to people who deserve it.

10. Kim Kardashian Hollywood

I did it. I caved. And I’m obsessed. I don’t even watch any Kardashian-related shows but I find myself playing this game all the time. As ridiculous as it is, this game is pretty fun. Attending events and doing photoshoots is a fun little break from reality, complete with the occasional run in with Kim herself.

Sorry this month’s favorites is a little belated, but I’ve got a ton of stuff coming your way very soon. Stay tuned!

-xoxo clb


  1. I love your ray bans and i'm also loving Lilly Pulitzer's fall collection!! :)
    I nominated you for the Liebster Award! :) to find out more about this go to
    you don't have to participate if you don't want to! :)

    1. Thank you, those are two of my favorite things this month. And thank you so much, can't wait to participate!